MainStage usually starts at age 9, but we are opening our auditions to younger cast members for this production (ages 7–22). We are also providing a modified rehearsal schedule for all candidates who are interested in being in the Orphan Chorus. The Orphan Chorus will appear in two numbers in the opening scene of Oliver!
|Orphan Chorus Modified Auditions & Rehearsal Schedule|
|Workshop Style Auditions||—||May 5 (No preparation necessary)|
|2 Week Initial Rehearsal||—||July 25–August 5, Mon–Fri, 9am–1pm|
|Rehearsal Break||—||August 8–19 (No rehearsals)|
|Pick Up/Review||—||August 22–26 Mon–Fri, 9am–1pm|
|Tech Schedule||—||August 29/30, Mon/Tue, 4:30–8pm
September 7, Wednesday, 4:30–8pm
|Dress Rehearsals||—||September 8/9, Thur/Fri, 4:30–9pm|
Bringing Charles Dickens' beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart's Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and — most importantly — for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn't commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin's violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill's thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like "As Long as He Needs Me," "Food, Glorious Food," and "Where is Love," Oliver! is a musical classic.
MainStage produces a major Broadway musical each year featuring a live orchestra and high-end production values. Students ages 9-22 participate in a rigorous audition and rehearsal process based on the Actor's Equity Association model. Members of the cast are mentored and supported by local professionals in all fields of the theatre arts. In these productions we strive to meet the highest artistic standards in every way, and to provide our young actors with a truly memorable, quality experience.
Thursday, May 26, 6–7pm
July 25–August 26, Weekdays, 9am–1pm
August 29–September 9, Weekdays, 4:30–9:30pm (No rehearsal 9/5)
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